Salmon Creek: Player Development Academy (PDA)

Purpose: The purpose of the Salmon Creek Player Development Academy is to offer a soccer experience for 7-10 year old players who want more extensive training than is typically offered by recreational teams.

Philosophy: The program is designed to focus on individual skill development and team tactics in a fun and flexible environment. The training can be a great supplement to a player's recreational soccer activity.

Policy: All Salmon Creek Player Development Academy participants may participate on recreational teams with SWYSA or a Developmental League (see team info below) but they are not required to do so. If a player participates in both a recreational league and the Salmon Creek Player Development Academy, the participant should honor their recreational soccer practice and game schedules and attend Salmon Creek PDA opportunities as time and schedules permit.

  • Development Teams may only be formed when a coach has been identified for the team.
  • The Salmon Creek Director of Player Development Academy will oversee this program with support from appropriate volunteer or Club administrators.
  • Salmon Creek Director of Player Development Academy shall monitor the turnout at Academy sessions so that Academy sessions can have adequate coaching coverage.
  • Salmon Creek shall refrain from direct participation in the outside recruitment of individual players to the Player Development Academy or Teams from other competing Clubs, however, the Academy session are open to any child who meets age requirements.

Program Description: Salmon Creek Player Development Program provides two basic program types designed for more extensive training and competition: Player Development Academy and Academy Teams.

Player Development Academy (PDA) - The Player Development Academy is open to U8 through U10 and players. The Academy consists of flexible drop-in sessions that provide skill based instruction by Salmon Creek advanced coaches. Players show up, learn soccer fundamentals and play scrimmage games. While the Academy may augment the training for players on Salmon Creek Academy Teams (see below), Academy participants are not required to play on an Academy team. The Academy operates 6 week long sessions a couple times a year. Academy schedules are posted on the Salmon Creek website. Registration is required to attend the PDA sessions.

Cost is $85 per session for allPlayer Development Academy participants.


Academy Teams - The focus of the Development Teams are on U9 and U10 players. Salmon Creek does not encourage U8 participation but such players may participate if request is initiated by the parent, the player has interest and motivation, and there is approval by the Development Team Coach and the Player Development Academy Director.

Academy Team Formation Policy:

Academy Teams will be formed once during the year (May or June) at tryouts. During the tryout process teams are formed. Salmon Creek Academy Teams are designed to expose recreational players to competitive soccer. If new players are identified we try our best to place these players on teams. Development Team rosters typically have 10-12 players on them.

Additional Eligibility Requirements:

  • In order to play on an Academy Team, players must attend the Development Academy Sessions held in the Summer/Fall and Spring.
  • While participation on an Academy Team is open, informational sessions are held in the spring to determine the number of players interested in the SC Academy Teams. Players who participate on an Academy Team are expected to be motivated to increase their level of soccer training, game play, have a strong foundation of basic soccer skills - passing, dribbling and ball control- and know the rules and basic strategy of the game. Because not all recreational players have the requisite skills to participate on an Academy Team, the Player Development Academy Director and the Academy Team coaches would assist parents in evaluating their child's readiness for participation on an Academy Team. The Director of Coaching and Academy Team Coaches will have final determination as to player readiness to participate on any given team.

Team Practice: Teams will practice once or twice a week and in addition players may continue to participate in the PDA sessions. There may not be any practices during the winter and some teams may choose to play other sports or move indoors.

Playing Time: All Academy Team players will be given at least 1/3 playing time per game, during regular league play, unless restricted due to health issues, injuries, disciplinary action, red or yellow cards, or the player's own desire to not play.

Salmon Creek Development Team Seasons:

Fall (during September, October and November) - Teams will be compete in the PTTL Player Developmental Academy League held on Sundays at Delta Park. Teams will practice once or twice a week during this time.

Winter - Most teams take a break during the Winter. Some choose to play futsal or indoor. The club offers a short 4 week training session held at Salmon Creek Indoor Arena during November and December. There will be boys only and girls only sessions.

Spring (during February, March and April)- Teams will be compete in the PTTL Player Developmental Academy League held on Sundays at Delta Park. Teams will practice once or twice a week during this time.

Academy Teams - There is a registration fee associated with playing on an academy team. Players are also required to purchase the advanced uniform for league play. There can also be fees associated with Summer tournament play.


Answer Questions

To reach our PDA program please contact our Academy Director, Tina Ellertson, at

You can also email our PDA Registrar, Michelle Baldwin,click here